AskDefine | Define degrade

Dictionary Definition



1 reduce the level of land, as by erosion [ant: aggrade]
2 reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture" [syn: take down, disgrace, demean, put down]
3 lower the grade of something; reduce its worth [syn: cheapen]

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Rhymes: -eɪd


  1. To lower in value or social position.
    Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.
  2. To reduce in quality or purity.
    The DNA sample has degraded.

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

Degradation may refer to;
degrade in Arabic: انحلال
degrade in German: Degradation
degrade in French: Dégradation
degrade in Indonesian: Degradasi
degrade in Russian: Деградация
degrade in Slovak: Degradácia
degrade in Ukrainian: Деградація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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